Issue Number: 120
A CGI of Slipstream, by Richard Wilson RA, for Heathrow’s Terminal 2, opening in June, 2014. Ever the experimenter, Richard Wilson RA is currently working on an ambitious sculpture for the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, due to open in 2014. Wilson’s aluminium work Slipstream visualises the flight path of a plane and its patterns of air turbulence. Parts of the 77-tonne sculpture have already been cast, and they will be installed over a three-month period before the sculpture is unveiled in June.
This is one of two projects Wilson is working on – the other is at the Pool of London. Employing whistles, bells, horns and sirens from an armada of sail, steam and diesel vessels, Wilson has created a concerto titled 1510: A Ships’ Opera as a spectacular climax to the Thames Festival (14 Sep). - Eleanor Mills